The new front bumper employed in the Italian ACI Karting Championship

The new CIK-FIA regulations on the front bumper will be introduced in the second round of the Italian ACI Karting Championship of Sarno for KZ2, KF and KF Junior. 121 drivers present in this round.


The second round of the Italian ACI Karting Championship will start tomorrow and from tomorrow, Saturday 6 June, the new regulations on the front bumper joins that make the nose cone drop a few centimeters after a contact and end up in a penalty to drivers.
This new rule has been devised by CIK-FIA and published last 27 April with validity from 4 May, and it will be applied also in Italy and will hold for all the races part of the CIK-FIA calendar (as the Italian Championship races) for categoriesKZ2, KF and KF Junior.

The new regulations have been introduced at the beginning of the year, but then have been suspended as the detaching front nose cone (judged unsafe) was modified into a nose cone dropping a few centimeters towards the chassis. Should a driver end the race with a dropped cone, no matter if the contact is inadvertent or not, the driver will be handed a 30s time penalty. This is to avoid incidents and contacts among drivers, events that in truth have always happened in karting, but the objective is to keep safety standards high. CIK-FIA's regulation has been applied at the European Championship in Portugal and Spain and a series of surprises characterized the end results.
Meanwhile, in Sarno drivers have got on track on Thursday and Friday ahead of the race that will officially kick off on Saturday 6 June with qualifying practice in the morning and heats in the afternoon to define the starting grids of Sunday morning's finals. On Sunday afternoon the second series of Finals will start with top 8 grid inversion depending on the result of race-1.
The Finals of Sunday will go live on AutoMotoTV (Sky 148) from local 10.55.

After sporting scrutineering, 121 drives will be competing in the four categories out of the 150 entered: KZ2 (48 drivers), 60 Mini (53 drivers), KF (6 drivers) and KF Junior (14 drivers) with 11 countries represented (Italy, Lithuania, Russia, Switzerland, Great Britain, Norway, Czech Republic, Spain, Romania, Canada, United States).

After the first round of Triscina held last 3 May, Massimiliano Santonocito (Tony Kart-Vortex) is leading KZ2 charts at 62 points and is followed by Riccardo Longhi (CRG-Tm) at 50 and Francesco Celenta (Parolin-Tm) at 42. 60 Mini is led by Biagio Ruvolo (Energy-Parilla) and Giuseppe Fusco (Tony Kart-Tm) at 50 points, as the pairing is followed by Mattia Michelotto (Energy-Parilla) and Dennis Hauger (CRG-Tm) at 38. Stefano Cucco is leading KF at 31 points, from Jacopo Gheno at 28. In KF Junior Alessandro Giardelli (Tony Kart-Lke) is on top at 29 points, while Lorenzo Colombo (Tony Kart-Lke) is second at 28 and Alessandro Maiorana (Tony Kart-Tm) third at 23.
The quickest times of Friday's practice follow:
60 Mini session 1 even: Mattia Michelotto (Energy-Parilla) 1.17.976
60 Mini session 1 odd: Biagio Ruvolo (Energy-Parilla) 1.18.001
60 Mini session 2 even: Leonardo Marseglia (Zanardi-Tm) 1.17.778
60 Mini session 2 odd: Leonardo Caglioni (Evokart-Tm) 1.17.834
KZ2 session 1 even: Tommaso Mosca (Maranello-Tm) 1.04.934
KZ2 session 1 odd: Federico Pezzolla (PCR-Tm) 1.04.505
KZ2 session 2 even: Francesco Celenta (Parolin-Tm) 1.03.754
KZ2 session 2 odd: Riccardo Longhi (CRG-Tm) 1.04.212
KF session 1: Pierluigi Lanza (Tony Kart-Vortex) 1.07.841
KF session 2: Adriano Albano (Tony Kart-Tm) 1.07.071
KFJ session 1: Ivan Grigoriev (Kosmic-Vortex) 1.09.230
KFJ session 2: Ivan Grigoriev (Kosmic-Vortex) 1.08.905

Saturday 6 June. Qualifying practice from 9:50 and heats from 13:30.
Sunday 7 June. Second chance races from 9:55. Finals-1 from 10:55 and Finals-2 from 13:55.

RESULTS. All results will be available at

LIVE TIMING. Live Timing feed will be available from free practice of Friday 5 June at

LIVE TV COVERAGE ON AUTOMOTOTV. The Finals of the morning of Sunday 7 June will be shown live on AutoMotoTV (Sky 148) from 10.55. Afternoon finals will be available through Live Streaming.

LIVE STREAMING. All finals held on Sunday will be available through live streaming at and

TV SPECIALS. TV specials will be shown within the ACI Magazine on Nuvolari, Sportitalia, RTV San Marino, Safedrive/Odeon, Sky Sport 2, On RaceTV/Odeon and Gazzetta TV, alongside the specials programmed by more than 50 local channels covering the Italian territory. Schedules are available on

GAZZETTA DELLO SPORT. A special commentary page including pictures of the round of Sarno will be published on Thursday 11 June on Gazzetta dello Sport.

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In the pictures: 1) Francesco Celenta (Salerno) KZ2; 2) Tommaso Mosca (Brescia) KZ2; 3) Ivan Grigoriev (St Pietersburg, Russia) KFJ.